In the Assembly’s final report before adjournment, Moderator Gini Courter told the Sunday afternoon plenary that she’d detected a trend that amounted to a “near miracle”: After “decades of disconnection,” she said, Unitarian Universalist congregations are making great progress working together.
“We are better together,” she said. “We are called to care about the congregation down the street or across the state.”
Courter sounded a cautious note of optimism about Unitarian Universalist justice efforts, and acknowledged that to do so was to take a risk.
“Too many times people if color and Latino/Latina and Hispanic folks have heard white UUs say we’ve turned the corner on race,” she said, “but I think it’s important to note that there might be a milestone nearby.”
From the opening ceremony to the sermon in the closing worship, justice issues pervaded the assembly, which marked the tenth and fifteenth anniversaries of important antiracism resolutions and the tenth anniversary of an accessibilities resolution.
Courter praised the work of the Right Relationship Team, which reached out to attendees who encountered less than respectful experiences and made reports in plenaries. This was the first General Assembly with such a team.
She also noted that the UUA is working on a new advertising campaign, meaning the congregations “are poised on the edge of opportunity.” But the advertising will mean more visitors, she said, calling on the congregations to be prepared.
“I’m afraid having more visitors come to us will mean more people disappointed,” she said. “I implore us to be less than stingy with our religious home.”
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Tom Stites was the editor of UU World from 1997 to 2006 and retired as its publisher in 2007. He is a member of the First Religious Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts.